To make sure historically undercounted populations along the Texas-Mexico border are included in the 2020 census, faculty at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are joining forces with the U.S. Census Bureau, community health workers, and local organizations to launch a collaborative campaign in the El Paso region.
The initiative was unveiled Tuesday, January 14 in a press conference at UTHealth School of Public Health in El Paso announcing the university has received a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to support complete count efforts in Texas. Every 10 years, as mandated by the Constitution, the Census Bureau conducts a count of the population within the United States and its five territories.
“The outreach will be driven by community health workers, who are trusted members within these hard-to-count populations,” said Dr. Louis Brown, an associate professor at UTHealth School of Public Health in El Paso. “Our efforts will focus on educating and communicating the importance of the census, and ensuring we count everyone.”
UTHealth is one of 27 Texas organizations to receive a grant from the Hogg Foundation to support census participation. As part of the Texas Communities Count initiative, UTHealth will work with local and regional organizations including El Paso Coalition for the Homeless, Project Vida Health Center, Paso Del Norte Health Foundation, the city of Socorro, Texas, and the Rio Grande Council of Governments to ensure an accurate and complete census.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 24